Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, May 23

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PM's future hangs in the balance

Theresa May’s future is hanging in the balance after Andrea Leadsom quit the Cabinet on the eve of the European elections.

The Commons leader resigned over the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans, which other ministers have also signalled they will not back.

A growing backlash over Mrs May’s EU divorce plans come as it appeared her time as leader could be coming to an end.

She is now set to meet 1992 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady tomorrow for a meeting which could seal her fate.

The critical talks will come after European election polling day today – which is expected to be disastrous for the Conservatives.


Counting begins in India's marathon election

Indian election officials have begun counting votes that were cast in the country's mammoth general elections.

The count began this morning and is expected to conclude by the evening, with strong trends visible by midday.

Six exit polls showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party remaining in power.

In the world's largest democratic exercise, some 900 million people were registered to cast ballots for 542 seats.


Stormy Daniels's lawyer charged with defrauding her

High-profile US lawyer Michael Avenatti has been charged with defrauding his client Stormy Daniels of about $300,000.

Mr Avenatti allegedly used a doctored document to divert the money which the pornstar was supposed to get from a book deal.

He then used the cash for personal and business expenses, prosecutors in New York said.

Only half of the sum has been paid back to Ms Daniels, the prosecutors claimed.


Fifa abandons plans for 2022 World Cup expansion

The Qatar 2022 World Cup will revert back to a 32-team format after Fifa scrapped a proposal to expand the tournament.

Fifa had been exploring if logistical and political complexities could be overcome to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams.

This would have required at least one more country being used in the Persian Gulf to accommodate an additional 16 matches.

Football’s governing body has now confirmed the expansion would be unfeasible.


Daniel Craig out of action after on-set injury

Daniel Craig will be out of action for two weeks as he undergoes surgery after being injured on the set of the new James Bond film.

The actor, 51, was shooting the latest instalment of the spy film series in Jamaica when the accident happened.

Craig reportedly slipped while sprinting during an action scene and was flown to the US for X-rays.

The film star is now set to undergo “minor” ankle surgery and will be rehabilitating for two weeks.


On this day...

1533: Henry VIII divorced Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn, wife number two. The result was a break with the church in Rome.

1701: Scottish pirate William Kidd was hanged at Execution Dock in London for piracy.

1706: Marlborough defeated the French at the Battle of Ramilles in Belgium.

1887: The French crown jewels went on sale and raised six million francs.

1934: Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot dead in an ambush by Texas Rangers near Gibland, Louisiana.

1945: Heinrich Himmler, Hitler's minister of the interior, committed suicide.

1960: The Israelis announced the capture of war criminal Adolf Eichmann.